The four Colours of Cavaliers

4 colours


Due to their breeding history, the Blenheim parti-color variety is the most common coat found on a Cavalier. The primary color of the body is pure white.

Their muzzle is also typically white and smoothly transitions in a blaze up their forehead. Sometimes the white is broken up with a “Blenheim Kiss,” a blot of ruby or chestnut in the middle of the forehead.

The white is paired with chestnut or ruby markings across the body and over the ears. The exact shade depends on the breeding of the pup.



The ruby, or chestnut, whole-colored coat on this breed is more uncommon because their breeding has not been as pursued as the other, seemingly more expressive types. These dogs are a solid shade of ruby across their bodies, sometimes with small white blemishes.

ruby pup

Tri colour

The other frequently occurring coat pattern on these little dogs is called Tricolor, accurately describing that three colors are mixed across the entire body of the dog.

Typically, white is the primary color over the body, although sometimes black will be. This dog also has ruby or chestnut spots throughout the black.

Perhaps the best part of the coloring on this variety of the pup is the ruby-colored eyebrows that make it seem more expressive than other types.

TRI girl pic

Black and Tan

The Black and tan are a parti colour  and its to be the rarest of the coat colors accepted by the AKC, although some people would argue that it is the Tricolor. However, the Tricolor has grown in popularity, leading to more breeding. The Black and Tans have not had such hype grow around them yet.

Black and Tan pups typically have a black body that features tan highlights around the eyebrows, cheeks, underneath their tails, and sometimes inside their ears and on their legs. If they have any white markings on them, it will be considered a fault in show dogs.


Other Colours can include

  • Black
  • Black and white
  • Sable
  • Chocolate

These colours are not recognised in Australia and are not registered by DOGS NSW

What do you think?

If you have a favorite Cavalier King Charles Spaniel color or a fun story to share about your experience with these adorable pups, please let us know!